It is nothing short of incredible how fast the year 2016 has flown by. It seems like just yesterday we were setting goals, new years' resolutions and establishing plans for how this year would go professionally and personally. Next thing we know, it is December, and time to reflect on how we performed. Time to take an inventory of the successes and shortcomings of this year and project forward how the coming years will look. Another year presents an opportunity for further improvement. Whether that is how we treat others, how dedicated we are to our health/profession/religion, new systems to implement in our business, new commitments to further our education - whatever the case may be - the end of the year is usually a great time to have a deep look in the mirror. It is a time to embrace new changes.
I have always been a highly goal-oriented person. There's just something about envisioning a future that doesn't currently exist and actually achieving that end that is absolutely exhilarating. Putting in place a framework to overcome challenges, to adapt, and to achieve is what life is all about. To me, the month of December is a rewarding time to live with the satisfaction of the challenges that have been overcome in the prior year. There is nothing more satisfying to me than reflecting upon the tough times and how in previous years I strived to be where I am today.
I am greatly thankful for the opportunities that have been presented to me through working with my clients this year. The amount of growth I have experienced in 2016 by working through complex real estate transactions has been nothing short of incredible. I have learned that my clients are some of the toughest, smartest, and most results oriented people I have ever had the privilege of working with. They have challenged me to become a better advisor and person. I am overwhelmingly thankful for their continued loyalty and further introductions which have been critical to my business growth. I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue my CCIM designation, which has connected me with some of the commercial real estate industry's finest professionals and introduced me to some of the most important educational opportunities in my career. I am thankful for my family and friends (old and new) who have supported me during many trials and tribulations that we encountered in 2016 - none of this is done alone!
You know me, I always like to present a challenge. During this December, I challenge you to reflect on your own successes and challenges of 2016. My hope is that you also realize the amazing opportunity we have in this thing called life to get even better in 2017 and beyond. Embrace change. Look in the mirror. Get excited for what we can do together.
"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." - Harold Wilson